By Rick Teverbaugh The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — The No. 10-ranked Pendleton Heights boys golf team won’t have far to look to find competition in today’s sectional.
The Arabians are not only in the same sectional at Purgatory Golf Club with No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern and No. 12 Noblesville, but they are also playing in the same grouping with those schools.
Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. The Arabians begin at 10:30 a.m. Teams from Anderson, Alexandria, Elwood, Frankton and Lapel are also part of the 11-team field. Shenandoah plays in the Greenfield Sectional, which also begins today.
Pendleton spent Thursday and Friday playing practice rounds at Purgatory.
“We had a good experience there last year,” said PH coach Jim Phillips. “We know what to expect.”
He expects that the three ranked teams will be the ones to advance to Saturday’s regional. But he also knows nothing is guaranteed. “In a match at Purgatory, Fishers (also in the sectional at Purgatory) shot a 310 and Noblesville a 302. I think a 308 or 309 might get out, but that’s not the number we’re looking for.”
The top three teams advance to the regional, but advancing isn’t the primary goal. “I want to win the sectional and the regional,” said Phillips. “That’s what I’m thinking about.”
Balanced quality among the five players who make up the Arabians team has been a strength all year.
“Every time we’ve had somebody step up for us and it could be anybody from one through five,” said Phillips. “Trevar Denney has been our most consistent player this year.”
Denny was second in the Madison County outing, just one stroke behind the medalist round put up by teammate Tyler Meyer. Four of the six players who were named All Madison County came from the PH roster. The other two were Zach Farrer and Chase Simpson.
PH’s Colin Proctor, who is going to Illinois to play collegiate golf, was the only Arabian not to crack that elite squad.
“We know in the back of our minds that we’d like to go back to the state,” said Phillips. “But just like taking it one hole at a time on the course, we’re just hoping to hit a good tee ball and get off to a good start at the sectional.”
The top three individuals not on an advancing team, will also move on to next Saturday’s regional. That might be the way Alexandria’s Andy Rowe or Lapel’s Mitchell Richardson will need to move on in this tough team field. Rowe and Richardson were All County selections.